Safety & Security

 

Stahl and security: Full concentration in tune with the times

The company R. Stahl can look back with satisfaction on the first six seminars held in April in some major cities in northern and western Germany under the title “Explosion Protection Day”. Whether in Bremen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Dortmund, Cologne or Frankfurt – Yokogawa had the opportunity to be a lecturer at every event. And with the brand-new topic: Plant Security.

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Crucial basic measures to ensure business resilience (Part 2/2)

After the first part of the blog article “Decisive basic measures to ensure corporate resilience” focused on the core tasks of Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and the foundations for resilience via Identity and Access Management (IAM), the second part now follows. Here the core tasks are to be brought up for discussion up to advantages of the Identity and Access management.

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Crucial basic measures to ensure business resilience (Part 1/2)

The Business Impact Analysis (BIA) identifies, quantifies and describes the effects of a loss of resources on the business processes in a company. In the first part of Fatma Evren’s blog article, the core tasks of Business Impact Analysis, the BIA’s “risk appetite” and the fundamentals of resilience, Identity and Access Management (IAM) are examined in more detail.

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Safety needs friends… (Part 2/2)

As we have seen in part 1 of this article, there are processes that cause a system’s performance to (prematurely) deteriorate or that the system can no longer fulfil its purpose. As we will see, these processes are not so different for cars (part 1) and safety systems in the process industry. However, there is a big difference in the rules and regulations during operation. We drivers have a bit of the “main inspection” and perhaps the “inspection booklet” of the manufacturer on our backs. Otherwise the legislator more or less leaves it to us to admonish to be on the road with a “safe” vehicle. This is quite different with regard to safety in the process industry. There is a multitude of laws, rules etc. that must be observed.

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TDLS8000: Maintenance-free, SIL2 certified and explosion-proof

In almost every chemical production plant, it is always necessary to store various substances in containers or tank farms. Depending on the chemical substance, this can from time to time result in an explosion hazard. For this reason, elementary protection against a possible explosion must be provided. In the best case scenario, this should be done in such a way that no explosive gas mixture can form in the gas phase of the container. In the age of ever-increasing safety requirements, a current safety assessment may make it necessary to actually record the oxygen content – especially if the device in question has been classified as a SIL (safety integrity level) application.  This is exactly where Yokogawa’s TDLS8000 laser comes into play.

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Safety needs friends… (Part 1)

Security needs friends, because it has enemies! Also in the process industry. The example “Car” in part 1 of our new #Series tells you which enemies safety has!

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Greater safety for everyone – but with fewer personnel?

Functional safety is undoubtedly an issue that affects us all. Whether you are the owner/operator of a system (requirements, standards, laws), a worker in this system (responsibility and personal safety) or a resident who is concerned about their safety. Training is not just a way to make up (at least in part) for the staff shortage. It is also a way to give employees the necessary knowledge of functional safety during the operating phase, based on the latest version of the international IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 standards.

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Pharmaceutical Single-use Technologies: An Environmental Trade-off?

The motivation to reduce costs, meet regulatory requirements and improve process flexibility has led many pharmaceutical companies to consider single-use, pre-sterilised plastic equipment systems as an alternative to stainless steel. Single-use equipment makes the pharmaceutical manufacturing process increasingly efficient and less costly. However, with the environmental impact of increased plastic waste making headlines, and limited recycling opportunities facing the industry, is there an environmental trade-off happening?

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Hand in hand with the process data

Alarm! Is there now a hectic rush at the control station? Or does the operator lean back and relax, press a button to acknowledge the alarm and continue to sip the coffee he bought a minute ago?
Both are possible, both are interesting information – usually when it comes to alarm management for the analysis and reduction of alarms according to EEMUA 191, for example. But even at the beginning of a data analysis, a look at this data makes sense.

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May we invite you to lunch? And the unsuspecting colleague foots the bill…

Everyone knows the principle: Scanning a QR or barcode via smartphone can make many everyday processes easier – for example, when entering the cinema, checking in on an aircraft or paying for a flight. But this convenient technology also harbours security risks – a remarkable example from everyday life.

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